for a class project, i’ve been reading up on recent apartment buildings going up in Portland that do not provide residents with off-street (on-site or any other space for) car parking. from a ruling made 13 years ago, developers are not required to provide parking in areas of close proximity to transit.
Some residents of these new apartment buildings own cars, however, and park them on the nearby streets. The residents of nearby neighborhoods are now complaining about parking spillover, and who can blame them? Fortunately, the city of Portland can solve this spillover problem without new parking requirements. The problem is not a lack of off-street parking spaces, but the lack of on-street parking management.
Portland can allow the residents of any block to adopt an overnight permit parking district that prohibits overnight parking on the block except for cars with resident permits. This will prevent nonresidents from storing their cars on the block, and it will eliminate the parking spillover from apartments without parking…
The city can make residents of apartment buildings without off-street parking ineligible for residential parking permits on nearby blocks, so anyone who rents an apartment in those buildings will know that overnight parking in front of nearby homes is illegal. Tenants will have to live without a car or make arrangements to pay for off-street parking. The market for these apartments without parking is large, however, because almost a quarter of renter households in Portland do not own a car.
read more: guest columnist Donald Shoup on theoregonian, 05.01.2013.
surprising that Portland doesn’t have a parking management program/strategy, while the city/metro area has got land use planning and transportation down for the most part.
like, Portland has no parking permits for residential areas? (ok, they do, but not in every residential area and they started some mini area pilot project, but that’s neighborhood-initiated and no one’s applied yet…) and developers can’t get residents to pledge not to move in to their new apartments with their cars?
I still have to read Donald Shoup’s The High Cost of Free Parking.
**highly recommended, btw, even though I haven’t read it yet***